48-27: Weaver, M’s down the Sox

Jeff Weaver (2-6) doesn’t scare a lot of people these days, but he pitched pretty well last night, muffling the Red Sox offense in a 9-4 victory. Showing several outbursts of raw emotion on the field, he allowed just two runs (one earned) in 5 2/3 innings, winning his second straight and lowering his ERA to 7.71. Again, an off-speed pitcher had some success against our lineup.

Julian Tavarez (5-5) was not his sharpest, lasting just 4 1/3 innings and allowing six runs (three earned and walking three. A throwing error by Tavarez in the fifth opened the door to a five-run inning, effectively putting the game out of reach. Tavarez left the game with a tight hamstring; let’s hope that we don’t end up with another avalanche of injuries to our rotation, or Kason Gabbard may be up here longer than expected.

The Red Sox bullpen did nothing to help, either. Kyle Snyder walked in two runs in relief of Tavarez, the second time he’s struggled with his control after coming in within the past two weeks. And Mike Timlin suffered another bad outing, giving up a two-run shot to Kenji Johjima and a solo homer to Adrian Beltre in the seventh.

J.D. Drew continues to produce well from the leadoff spot, going 1-3 with two walks, and Dustin Pedroia had two hits right behind him in the order. Kevin Youkilis continues to be great in the five hole, with a two-run double. However, Julio Lugo went 0-3 and is now hitless in his last 29 at-bats. His average has sunk to a terrible .191 on the year, and the fans are growing restless. My view is that what he’s done is done, so if he can give us .270/.330/.400 from here on out, I’ll be happy. It’ll still be an improvement we need for our offense.

Let’s go get the rest of this series, guys.


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